In a rare public disclosure, Apple has offered some illuminating details about its ongoing battle with patent assertion entities, more commonly known as patent trolls. In a public comment to the Federal Trade Commission for an upcoming study on patent troll activities, the tech giant revealed that it has been sued by patent trolls 92 times in the last three years. Apple claims it is their favorite target.
So-called trolls purchase patents on the cheap and then sue companies like Apple when they announce products that use a similar technology. According to Apple, this hurts innovation. “The purpose of the patent law is to promote progress in the useful arts,” Apple said in its public comment. “The gap between a PAE’s acquisition price and its ultimate demand suggests that something other than the patent’s contribution to innovation and progress is driving PAEs’ patent valuation.”
Typically, Apple settles out of court…
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